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First Snow

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It was a date weekend to Seattle. Just me and Eli. Great Grandma was turning 80! And we were able to be there. I had this far-fetched scheme that Eli would interview Great Grandma for her birthday. We’d go over to her condo and he’d eagerly ask her questions as she – just as eagerly – would anticipate the next inquiry. But the 52 hours got away from us. And before I knew it I was sitting on an airplane in an orgami-like position heading home and trying to keep my drooling, dead-to-the-world 5-year-old from snuggling up to our seatmate. Not even a picture of the two of them.

I got a picture of the cake.  (This is very important to a 5-year-old.)

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And a picture of Eli after two pieces of cake, one cookie and not nearly enough sleep. He could barely hold still for a picture.  Attempting to gather 80 balloons is quite a task.

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But I got lots of pictures of his first time experiencing snow.

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And Snowy the Snowman.

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And his first snowball fight with Grandma.

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Attempting to dodge Grandma’s snowballs by going low.

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Attempting to dodge Grandma’s snowballs by going left.

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And when he came inside with soaked pants, snow down his coat and bright red cheeks, he had huge elephant tears running down his face. “What’s wrong,” I said. “It’s Snowy. She’s going to melt away and I’m never going to see her again. I love her soooo much. I don’t want her to melt,” he sobbed. Hot chocolate temporarily made the tears subside as well as looking at all of the pictures I got of Snowy. When he was more calm he said, “Well, at least I will always have pictures of her.”

So Eli, even if I didn’t get a picture of you and Great Grandma this weekend remember this – she loves you more than you’ll ever know. I hope you also remember the balloon-filled party room overflowing with love for an amazing woman we don’t see nearly enough. And whenever you think of your first snow, I hope you remember our magical trip to Seattle to celebrate our Queen of Hearts.

 

Great Grandma and Eli first meet (2009)

Great Grandma and Eli first meet (2009)

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